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    deb-l on #158915

    hi, I’ve played harp on and off for 5 years.

    deb-l on #158916

    sorry meant C is lowest string not G.

    jessica-wolff on #158917

    Yes, you can, if they are actually songs, as in Irish folk songs. You will just need to simplify the arrangement, maybe change the key.

    deb-l on #158918

    yes that makes sense I guess, I have concerns though about having only a small harp and playing the full arrangements I used to play, I may be dissatisfied with it.

    Audrey Nickel on #158919

    Do bear in mind that wire harp is played radically differently from lever harp.

    deb-l on #158920

    that looks like a great book, thank you! does it have arrangements for larger harps or small though?

    Audrey Nickel on #158921

    Levers will dampen the tone, somewhat, yes…how much depends on the levers and the harp, but they will make a difference…and a more noticeable one on wire than on nylon.

    deb-l on #158922

    Audrey, thanks so much for all the great info and help!

    Audrey Nickel on #158923

    The nice thing is, you don’t need HUGE fingernails.

    Karen Johns on #158924

    I have a small wire harp, specifically a 26 string Limerick, and I play it exactly the same way as my larger lever harp. Changing the technique you have already learned is not necessary unless you are set on playing wire harp in the traditional manner.

    Asha the Nagini on #158925


    deb-l on #158926

    Audrey, I will pick up Sally Hanson nail mender.

    Audrey Nickel on #158927

    I really, really, strongly recommend you learn proper wire technique…if you want to sound like Cynthia Cathcart, Chris Caswell or Patrick Bell, it’s essential.

    deb-l on #158928

    now your reminding me of the reason I always end up picking nylon/gut harps when I rent, because wire sound complicated and unrelaxed.

    Karen Johns on #158929

    Let’s just make a small distinction here- about “proper” wire technique. By whose definition? The ancient bards of Ireland? Since they are not with us, I would refer to the fact there are three methods to play wire harp- the classical harp method, the coupled hands or Heymann method, and the traditional Cathcart/Caswell/Bell(?)

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